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CBP Offers to Negotiate With Foreign Customs on Exporters' Behalf

On June 18, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in the Federal Register that it would be accepting “requests for assistance” from exporters who are dealing with valuation or classification issues with...more

WTO’s Ruling Against India’s Ban on U.S. Agricultural Products May Finally Open Market for American Farmers

On June 4, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruled in favor of the United States and affirmed the WTO dispute settlement panel’s findings that India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products violates...more

Congress, WTO Turn Up the Heat on COOL

Recent House Action - Lost amidst the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the House recently voted 300-131 to pass H.R. 2393, the Country of...more

CBP Offers U.S. Exporters Assistance in Resolving Disputes with Foreign Customs Agencies

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register Notice inviting U.S. exporters to request CBP’s assistance in resolving disputes with foreign customs agencies over the tariff classification or...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - June 2015

China Announces Elimination of Export Duties on Rare Earth Elements - On August 7, 2014, the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) Appellate Body upheld a March 2014 dispute settlement panel decision that China's imposition...more

New USDA Study Says COOL not Beneficial to American Consumers

Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is not economically beneficial to American consumers, according to a new report authored by a team of agricultural economists from Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. In...more

Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Round-Up

This month saw significant activity in United States-European Union relations, including some movement in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and other events indirectly impacting key TTIP...more

Canada Retaliates Against U.S. Country of Origin Labelling Requirements

Since 2008, the Canadian government has challenged country of origin labelling (COOL) requirements imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). On May 18, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate...more

Canada and Mexico to Seek Retaliatory Measures Following WTO’s Final Ruling Against U.S. Meat Labeling Law

On May 18, the World Trade Organization’s (“WTO”) Appellate Body upheld a ruling that U.S. country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) requirements for meat continue to discriminate against imported livestock from Canada and Mexico...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2015

In This Issue: - Congressional Debate Begins Over Trade Promotion Authority Bill - U.S. Paper Industry Fights Unfair Imports on Several Fronts - Progress on Iran Nuclear Deal Contemplates New but Uncertain...more

China Appears To Delay Implementation Of New IT Security Measures In Banking Sector In Response To US, Canadian, EU, Japanese...

In response to concerns raised by the governments of the United States, Canada, the European Union and Japan - bilaterally and at the World Trade Organization (WTO) - the Chinese government appears to have placed...more

2015 Federal Budget Highlights Recent Changes to Competition and Foreign Investment Policy

Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget before the House of Commons on April 21, 2015. The budget highlighted recent policy changes in competition law and foreign investment review, including new powers for...more

EU Customs Practice Group

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Commission Report on Customs 2013 programme - TARIFFS: ..Duty suspension and tariff quotas ..EU duty suspension for certain heavy oils ..FTA update -...more

The WTO Work Programme on Electronic Commerce

At the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in December 2013, Ministers adopted a Decision that the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce should be “substantially invigorated.” The Work Programme merits attention in light of...more

Internet Neutrality and WTO Rules

On February 27, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules regarding the provision of access to the internet, commonly known as “net neutrality” rules. The main effect of these changes, which...more

Trade & Manufacturing - March 2015

In This Issue: - Foreign Currency Manipulation Front and Center in U.S. Trade Talks - United States Challenges Chinese Export Subsidies at the WTO - Executive Branch Launches Plan to Combat Wildlife...more

United States Challenges Chinese Export Subsidies at the WTO

On February 11, the United States requested consultations with China regarding more than 180 central and sub-central government measures that allegedly provide export-contingent subsidies to enterprises in several industrial...more

District Court Dismisses Country of Origin Labeling Lawsuit

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed the lawsuit filed by meatpackers and trade groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of a meat labeling...more

The U.S. Complaint Against the Government of China in the WTO, Including the Targeting of Chinese Medical Device Manufacturers

On February 11, 2015, the United States filed a complaint before the World Trade Organization (WTO), alleging that certain actions by the national, regional and local governments of the People’s Republic of China are in...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2015

In This Issue: - President Obama Presses For Advancement Of Trade Deals During State Of The Union - U.S. Sanctions Updates - Keystone Pipeline Debate Continues After Congress Approves Bill News Of...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2015

New Census Report Links Trade Data To Manufactured Products - The U.S. Census Bureau has released its Manufacturing and International Trade Report (MITR) containing 2012 data, available here. This report unveils a new...more

EU Customs Practice Group - January 2015

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..UCC Developments ..EP hearing on customs sanctions - TARIFFS: ..FTA update - CLASSIFICATION: ..Classification Regulations ..Nomenclature Committee...more

Trade secrets proposals advance in Europe: What ‘reasonable efforts’ are needed to keep proprietary material secret?

The initiative to develop new laws to protect trade secrets more consistently across the EU moved forward this month, as the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing asking small and large...more

US China Trade War-Trade, Trade Adjustment, 337/IP, Products Liability

As you may know, the blog posts are getting longer and longer as more trade and other actions take place against China. Because of the length, I, therefore, am breaking this post into two parts. This first post covers Trade,...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2014

White House Announces Action Items To Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing - On October 27, President Obama unveiled new executive actions aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing. The actions were announced at a meeting of...more

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